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18th Apr '16 12:12:42 PM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]. He works as a ReverseMole for the good guys to avenge [[spoiler:Lily Evans Potter's]] death - but that's pretty much all he cares about. He treats virtually everyone, except Dumbledore, like crap.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]. Snape.]] He works as a ReverseMole for the good guys to avenge [[spoiler:Lily Evans Potter's]] death - but that's pretty much all he cares about. He treats virtually everyone, except Dumbledore, like crap.
9th Mar '16 10:57:57 PM Carnel
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* Gensoukyou, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].

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* Gensoukyou, Gensokyo, the setting of the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, is ''run'' by these. [[{{Miko}} Reimu Hakurei]] is, at best, motivated by a desire for her life to be predictable mixed with not wanting it to be too boring, either, and is at worst solely motivated by the [[{{Greed}} possibility of getting donations]] and being a SlaveToPR. [[CuteWitch Marisa Kirisame]] is one part motivated by the prospect of [[KleptomaniacHero getting to loot]] [[StickyFingers magical artifacts]] from the villain's lair, one part the opportunity to upstage [[TheRival Reimu]] and one part [[BloodKnight getting to kick someone in the teeth]]. [[{{Vampire}} Remilia Scarlet]] is more interested in alleviating her own boredom and maintaining her power than actually fixing Gensoukyou's problems (and she's not the harmless kind of vampire, either). [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Sanae Kochiya]] is interested in spreading the worship of and gathering faith for her ancestor-goddesses. [[HalfHumanHybrid Youmu Konpaku]] fights because [[MyMasterRightOrWrong her mistress says so]], as does Remilia's maid Sakuya Izayoi. Izayoi, who is also implied to have done [[DarkSecret something ''really'' nasty in the past]]. And [[RealityWarper Yukari Yakumo]] is the {{Magnificent B|astard}}itch who founded Gensoukyou as a FantasticNatureReserve and everything she does is to further the survival of {{youkai}}, up to and including striking up deals with the humans that favor ''them'', because she knows that if humans become content and don't feel as threatened by youkai, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy they'll lose their edge and become easier prey]].prey]].
**Subverted with the first later on in that as [[CharacterDevelopment Reimu matures]], she does later missions out of a sense of duty, even if she's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold reluctant to admit it]]. Unfortunately, this places her to be manipulated by the above Yukari and has at least once led to her accidentally contributing to an invasion of the moon.



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26th Feb '16 2:00:32 PM MiinU
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* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.

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* ''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe [[TheObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.
26th Feb '16 1:58:19 PM MiinU
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*''Webcomic/MagickChicks'': Melissa was introduced as [[AlphaBitch an antagonist]], back when she first appeared in ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', but was eventually given her own SpinOff series which was meant to reform her -- ''[[BeingGoodSucks against her will.]]'' The comic stuck her with a sentient wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick that acted as her conscience]] and Tiffany as her [[ObiWannabe self-appointed instructor.]] Except Melissa couldn't care less and remained as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/this_is_why_you_bother_me self-centered]] and [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/all_in_favor petty]] as before - despite occasional moments of heroism.
21st Feb '16 5:47:22 AM ading
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%%* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
%%-->'''Rocket Raccoon''': Why would ''YOU'' wanna save the galaxy?!\\
%%'''Peter Quill''': Because ''I'm'' one of the idiots who ''lives'' in it!

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%%* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
%%-->'''Rocket
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': All of the Guardians have some kind of criminal past, and even TokenGoodTeammate Groot has apparently spent some time kidnapping and/or impaling people for money as Rocket's accomplice. They're interested in stopping [[BigBad Ronan]] either to save themselves or to get revenge on him for wronging them in the past.
-->'''Rocket
Raccoon''': Why would ''YOU'' wanna save the galaxy?!\\
%%'''Peter '''Peter Quill''': Because ''I'm'' one of the idiots who ''lives'' in it!
17th Feb '16 3:23:29 PM DarkGidora
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* Lara Croft in the Playstation ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series is an archaeologist that is willing to kill anyone who stands in her way and destroy priceless objects as long as she can collect the fabled artifacts she had researched on. The only reason Lara can be considered "good" is because she's usually trying to get to the artifacts with power before the villains do so that they can't abuse them. If Lara does manage to work with someone, she only helps them as long as it helps her reach her goal. By ''Chronicles'' and ''Angel of Darkness'', Lara becomes a total bitch to everyone. The Crystal Dynamics reboot scales Lara's jerkass attitude back and she'll kill people only if they are a threat to her.

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* Lara Croft in the Playstation ''Franchise/TombRaider'' series is an archaeologist that is willing to kill anyone who stands in her way and destroy priceless objects as long as she can collect the fabled artifacts she had researched on. The only reason Lara can be considered "good" is because she's usually trying to get to the artifacts with power before the villains do so that they can't abuse them. If Lara does manage to work with someone, she only helps them as long as it helps her reach her goal. By ''Chronicles'' and ''Angel of Darkness'', Lara becomes a total bitch to everyone. The Crystal Dynamics reboots scale her back a bit. In the first reboot scales ([[VideoGame/TombRaiderLegend ''Legend'']], ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderAnniversary Anniversary]]'', and ''[[VideoGame/TombRaiderUnderworld Underworld]]'') Lara's jerkass attitude back motivations are more personal, and she'll kill in ''Anniversary'' she shows scruples against killing other people only if (while she seems to have given them up in ''Legend'' and ''Underworld'', ''Legend'' at least introduces the mooks by having Lara overhear a conversation where they discuss their orders to kill her on sight). The second [[VideoGame/TombRaider2013 reboot]] features a [[ActionSurvivor younger, less experienced Lara trying desperately to survive]].
* The protagonists of the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' series are vengeful [[HumanoidAbomination shapeshifting monsters]] whose primary goals are revenge. They do save the city of Manhattan from the villains of their respective games, but both Alex Mercer and James Heller acknowledge that
they are a threat to her.not particularly morally upstanding people.
29th Jan '16 6:40:12 PM Spanks
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* The playable characters in the main ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'' games. Their only real goal is to enter the world of Pokemon, catch the titular monsters, train them, get to the Pokemon League and become the Champion. It's by pure coincidence that once your playable character (a random silent kid no less) enters the fold and starts their journey, a criminal syndicate is rising in power and causing trouble, lead by a CorruptCorporateExecutive or some wacko seeking to [[TakeOverTheWorld conquer the world]]/[[OmnicidalManiac erase life as we know it]] using Pokemon as a means to achieve it. You can't become the champion if things are messed up and the world is destroyed, so you have to stop them. ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' puts a spin on this by having the villain team infiltrate the Pokemon League and defeat the champion, leaving it all up to you to get there and save the day.
28th Jan '16 1:15:11 PM CountDorku
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** Shale is a golem who likes to squish things and see blood fountain, especially if those things have feathers, and is mostly following the Warden around because it's something to do after spending thirty years as an amnesiac statue.
25th Jan '16 9:11:12 PM TeraChimera
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* In ''Film/JohnWick'', John himself. He massacres dozens of mobsters simply because the son of their boss, Iosef, killed his puppy and flat-out threatens to kill [[TheDon Viggo]] if he doesn't hand over Iosef. He's kept from being a full-on VillainProtagonist by a strict sense of honor (for starters, [[NeverHurtAnInnocent he takes great pains to avoid collateral damage]]) and the fact that, well, he's going up against TheMafiya.
24th Jan '16 8:14:19 AM ninjadude853
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* Many of the heroes in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' are morally dubious or in it for the sake of their own careers, but Shadow Stalker-a thrill-seeking sociopath with a [[StrawNihilist poorly articulated philosophy]] that serves only the purpose of [[BewareTheSuperman placing her at the top of the food chain]] and regularly brutalizes or kills criminals when she thinks she can get away with it-is the clearest example of this trope.

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* Many of the heroes in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' are morally dubious or in it for the sake of their own careers, but Shadow Stalker-a thrill-seeking sociopath psychopath with a [[StrawNihilist poorly articulated philosophy]] that serves only the purpose of [[BewareTheSuperman placing her at the top of the food chain]] and regularly brutalizes or kills criminals when she thinks she can get away with it-is the clearest example of this trope.
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